Weather sealing Fujifilm X-pro2, Lensbaby Edge 80 + Zhongyi Lensturbo II

vrijdag 8 juli 2016

fujifilm Xpro2 lensbaby black and white portrait of a tween by Willie Kers
fujifilm Xpro 2 + lensbaby Edge 80
I love shooting during or just after the rain. The world seems to turn into something magical. The highlights are so shiny because of the little raindrops that are shining on the leafs and the rain really adds some drama to my images.
And on top of it, the Fujifilm X-pro2 has really proven itself to be weather sealed. It was raining very hard so we hide under the trees and kept shooting. No problem for the X-pro2. And even my Lensbabies were outstanding. Not one drop has leaked into my camera or Lensbabies.  The second image was shot with the Canon 5D MK III. Just after the rain has stopped. I was too afraid of using it during the rain. But that's maybe something to try out the next time ;)


Canon 5D mk III + Lensbaby Twist image by Willie Kers
Canon 5D mk III + Lensbaby Twist 60

Street photography in Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1, Fujinon & Lensbaby

maandag 4 juli 2016

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Lensbaby Edge 80
Finally I've found the time to blog about my city trip to Valencia in Spain which I visit last january. It's been crazy busy since and to be honest I totally forgot to blog about this amazing trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! Shame on me... ! :/
For this 3 day trip, which is actually to short to visit this gorgeous place, I brought my FujiFilm XT1, the Fujinon 16-55 F/2.8 and the Lensbaby Edge 80. The XT1 was a rental since my 60 pound dog jumped on my own XT1 a few days before my trip and left me with a cracked LCD. I can't tell you how heart broken I was after I saw that my beautiful and beloved Fuji was mashed up by my dear dog. I will never know why he jumped on the table where my camera was. I guess he thought that he had turned into a cat but luckily my dog didn't get hurt. A camera can be replaced, my dog can't. 

Anyway.. Thanks to the fantastic Fujifilm Customer Service in Europe, I had a spare XT1delivered the next day and my broken Fuji was taken care of. :) This is one of the things why I like Fujifilm so much: If you have a camera or lens problem, they'll fix it sooner than you can spell "Fujifilm". 

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Fujinon 16-55 F/2.8 - Streets of Valencia
Valencia is a gorgeous city. With little narrow streets filled with art and architecture. And I really love art and architecture. To me architecture is art where people live in. And the gorgeous cathedrals of Valencia are such a sight for sour eyes!  With a pleasant temperature of 21 degrees celsius, I totally forgot the freezing cold of the Netherlands that I left behind. At the arrival at the airport is was so cool to see that the oranges are growing on the trees in the Valencia streets. If you're hungry, you just can grab one out of the trees! The next best thing of Valencia is the food.. And by food i mean Paella! Valencia is the place where they invent this delicious dish. So if you're going to Valencia, you've got to taste the Paella. It's the best Paella ever. 

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Streets of Valencia at noon. Fujinon 16-55 F/22 

To bring the XT1 (the Xpro2 wasn't out yet) along with the Fujinon 16-55 and the Edge 80 was a good choice. I don't like to bring to many lenses while I'm on a city trip. Too many lenses gives too much noise in my head of what lens to use. I rather focus on my vision and image than to be busy with making choices and changing lenses. This distracts me from my actual goal: to capture life how I see it.

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Museum of Art & Science - Lensbaby Edge 80

In my previous trip to Paris, the 16-55 has proven to be a good choice and in Valencia it showed again that this lens is a real work horse! Normally I only use primes but for city trips, my go-to lenses are one zoom and one prime. The Fujinon is fast, accurate focus, amazing colors and tack sharp. It's a bit bulky but I've taken it for granted because of the amazing IQ. The Lensbaby Edge 80 has always been one of my favorite Lensbabies, so this was an obvious choice to bring along with me (since the Twist wasn't out yet). The Lensbaby helps me to create more artistic images. 

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Little Venice - Fujinon 16-55
If you're ever in Valencia, don't forget to visit "Little Venice" and the Museum of Art & Science. Beside the cathedrals these are the two places you must visit in this gorgeous city of Spain. 

I will certainly go back to Valencia to shoot some more but here you have a little impression of this fun city trip. 
For now, I'm going to pack by bags and gear because within a few days my Fuji Xpro2 and me will take off to Mallorca to shoot some underwater scenes. I'll keep you posted. ;)

Have a great and wonderful summer! 

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
The beautiful paintings in the Cathedrals at Valencia
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
I really love the architecture of the cathedrals
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Museum of Art & Science - Lensbaby Edge 80
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
The streets of Valencia. Even here you see the police on every corner of the streets. 
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
This is a different kind of art. Sand castles at the beach
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers
Every where you look there are growing oranges in the trees. 
Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers

Street photography image of Valencia with the Fujifilm XT1 by Willie Kers




Fujifilm X-pro2 & Fujinon 90mm F/2.0 natural light photography

zondag 3 juli 2016


Fujifilm X-pro2 combined with the Fujinon 90mm F/2.0. What an amazing set! That bokeh, that sharpness and that amazing flare! Do i need to say more? Love this combo!
The 90mm F/2.0 is fast, tack sharp and the creaminess of the bokeh is so yummy! The moment you snap a shot with this lens, you will forget the size of the lens. 

If you're still in doubt of buying this lens, don't! In my opinion it's the best Fujinon lens there is, especially for portraiture!



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